Visit | Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door, Dorset

Visit | Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door, Dorset

Who doesn’t love the British coastline?

No one? I thought so.

I have always wanted to live closer to the sea. The thought of just being able to stroll along the water’s edge whilst, let’s face it, being attacked by my own hair, would be a dream. I would love to be able to sit for hours and take everything in. So, to anyone who does live by the coast, please consider yourself very lucky. Being by the coast is such a therapeutic experience, and is it not true that those who do live near the sea are far happier?

Anyway, back in July, my family and I enjoyed a long weekend away in Dorset. A staycation, as it is known. Whilst there, we planned a visit to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door along the Jurassic Coast. Myself, my mum and my brother had all been before a good few years ago and absolutely loved it; we knew we had to go again and show the others.

Except, this time it was a little different, or in fact, a lot wetter, and windier. Somehow we managed to leave the house before the rain was predicted to arrive. How four boys can take longer to get ready than three women, and two dogs astounds me.

Once we had arrived, we decided to start the day at Lulworth Cove. We headed straight to the cove itself which apparently was formed over 10,000 years ago, and is continually evolving. Unlike the last time I had visited, the tide was in and there was a chill in the air. One brave man looked quite content swimming in the water, but I think we were all happy enough wrapped in our coats. Although, it did not stop Clover and Mollie having a little paddle. I won’t even mention what the boys were doing in the meantime. Let’s just say, there were two very worried, and frustrated mothers. When will they learn?

As we walked up the steps to the east, the rain began to fall. The views from along the cliff top were so pretty. At first, I was disappointed the sky was so grey as my photos looked washed out, but then I thought, actually, the grey skies capture a typical British summertime and adds to the atmosphere. However, I was gutted to discover I had brought my camera along without a memory card. So my Iphone had to do instead.

{How lovely it must be to live here, seconds away from the beach. And I’m obsessed with that shade of blue. Perfect.}

After having a little wander around Lulworth Cove, we agreed on tackling the hill that leads to Durdle Door. From below, the hill does look challenging but don’t let that put you off as the views are stunning. Don’t forget to look back down at Lulworth. You don’t realise how high up you are.

It took us about half an hour or less to reach the top of the incline, but of course, it depends on the pace at which you are walking. And being a very wet day, the terrain was a little slippy. Some people still managed in flip flops, so if they can do it, I think anyone can.

Once at the top, it is mostly downhill from there and takes about another half hour until you reach Durdle Door. If you don’t want to walk from Lulworth, you can park up the hill at the Durdle Door car park and it’ll save you a lot of time. But the brisk walk is worth it. Even when you are sweating inside your coat and it’s pouring down – trust me.

Durdle Door is so dramatic and beautiful and is an iconic, geological wonder for a reason.The formation of the arch almost looks like a sea monster coming out of the water, which is fitting, seeing as it is along the Jurassic Coast. If you want, you can take the steps down to the beach, to really immerse yourself in the place, or you can simply stand in awe from above.

My cousins and I decided to head down to the beach. It reminded me of the last time I had visited and how steep the steps had been previously. Pictured below are the old steps that collapsed a few years ago. They may not look that bad but I remember my legs feeling like jelly. It didn’t help that I’m not the best with heights. Lucky for me, the new steps are a lot safer and less steep, but they were extremely muddy and sloshy in places.

The beach itself is pebbled, which you would think would be ok considering I wore boots, but it wasn’t. I was constantly taking them off and shaking the stones out. The water is lovely and on a nice day, it is a perfect place to go snorkelling or to even sunbathe and relax. The last time I visited, it was like being somewhere in the Meditteranean. Just image, crystal clear water, spectacular views and a golden sun. Why bother going abroad? Obviously, it looked very different this time. The moody sky against the rugged rocks was more like a scene from Game of Thrones.

After taking numerous family photos (as you do), we then headed back to Lulworth, which meant having to walk all the way back. At least we got to appreciate the views all over again. By the time we arrived back at Lulworth, we were completely knackered, including the dogs. With a rumble in our bellies, we took shelter in Lulworth Cove Inn, which is also dog-friendly, and feasted on delicious grub. I had the veggie burger with sweet potato fries which was so tasty. I would go as far to say it was the best veggie burger I’ve ever had.

By the time we had stuffed ourselves silly, the rain outside began to hammer it down. Nothing like a British summer without cold feet and frizzy hair. So, after a little nosy around the few shops that Lulworth has to offer, it was time to get back in the car and move onto the next destination.

If you ever find yourself in Dorset, do visit this magnificent place. There is so much to do and visit in the surrounding areas, but this particular part of the coastline is truly special.

Until next time.

Love Georgie ♥

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